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Sustainable business finalists announced.
Ben & Jerry’s has chosen 15 young entrepreneurs as finalists in its “Join Our Core" competition. After presenting their ideas in London to a panel of ten judges, including Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield, the finalists – hailing from the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark – are set to head to Uganda for the last stage of the competition in August.
In Uganda, the finalists will live and work with Fairtrade vanilla farmers and a group of local aspiring entrepreneurs in partnership with international development charity VSO. Five overall winners will then be chosen, each winning a €10,000 cash prize and business mentoring from social enterprise gurus AshokaLink opens in a new window. Their business will feature on a Ben & Jerry’s flavour in 2013.
“I’m thrilled that we can help foster this entrepreneurial spirit for these young businesspeople,” says Ilaria Ida, the brand’s European Social Mission Manager. “I learned a lot from all our hopefuls and was very inspired by their enthusiasm.”
The Join Our Core People’s Choice vote is now open until 29 June. Help pick the five entrepreneurs who will win an additional €1,000 each. Visit the Join Our Core FacebookLink opens in a new window page to vote.
ArchipelagoLink opens in a new window – a community of young entrepreneurs who help each other build and fund innovative, sustainable companies.
BiocharLink opens in a new window – a carbon-neutral charcoal substance which enhances the condition of soil and can improve crop yield.
Elevation NetworksLink opens in a new window – a youth employment charity that focuses on finding opportunities and support for under-represented groups of young people.
Elvis and KresseLink opens in a new window – fashion and lifestyle accessories made from de-commissioned hoses formerly used by professional firefighters, that are otherwise destined for landfill sites.
FairmailLink opens in a new window – greetings cards featuring photos taken by at-risk teenagers in Peru, India and Morocco. The photographers receive 50% of the profit from the sale of their cards.
FoodcycleLink opens in a new window – bringing volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen space together to provide nutritious meals for people in need.
Hackney PiratesLink opens in a new window – giving young people one-to-one educational support in unconventional environments.
!SYOULink opens in a new window – trainers designed by local creative talents and produced using locally sourced materials, sold at fair prices with fair returns for everyone involved.
MattecentrumLink opens in a new window – providing free maths tutoring for up to 70,000 young people every month, thanks to a network of volunteers.
One For OneLink opens in a new window – for every One For One item sold – from water bottles to health insurance policies – the same is provided to a child in Africa.
Play 31Link opens in a new window – bringing communities together to play football while learning about resolving conflicts in a peaceful way.
RetoyLink opens in a new window – teaching children how to create new toys from old ones, in a bid to turn around the consume-and-discard model.
Rubies in the RubbleLink opens in a new window – training out-of-work people to make delicious jams and chutneys from surplus fresh fruit sourced from markets before it’s discarded.
Ruby CupLink opens in a new window – a reusable silicone menstrual hygiene product for women in developing countries, that can last for ten years.
SuperhoneyLink opens in a new window – putting beehives in schools to provide much-needed homes for millions of British bees and teach children about biodiversity.
Read more about the finalists on the Join Our Core websiteLink opens in a new window.
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